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Wildpack from Okiedog Philippines

Zeeka has a new car. It’s not a real car (She just thinks it is). It’s actually a new trolley that I got for her. It’s such a cute trolley that she thinks it’s a toy! It’s from Okiedog and they already have this brand here in the Philippines. Yey! I’ve been dying to see the diaper bags and these bags for kids in the stores here in the Philippines.

What I love about Okiedog is that their diaper bags don’t look like diaper bags at all. They are so chic and so stylish. Also, for the kids bags, the designs are so fun. Zeeka even mistook it for a car! Okiedog Philippines has started bringing in the Wildpack collection for kids into the Philippines. Check out these cute designs!

Okiedog Dragon Bags

Okiedog Elephant bags

Okiedog Hippo Trolley

Okiedog Owl Trolley

Okiedog Rabbit Suitcase

Okiedog Rabbit Trolley

Okiedog Tiger Suitcase

Okidog Tiger Trolley

What I got for Zeeka was the Tiger Trolley, but it was so hard making the decision. I loved the Wildpack Elephant bags since they have ears. Zeeka is an avid fan of owls, but then she has so many pink stuff. I love the Tiger design because the colors are so vibrant! We ended up getting the Tiger Wildpack Trolley and I’m glad we did.

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Okiedog Wildpack Tiger Trolley

Okiedog Wildpack Tiger Trolley

First of all, Zeeka had fun using it. I was observing her and she really thought it was a car that she could ride.

First, you open the door...

First, you open the door…

Next, you clean it...

Next, you clean it…

Then, check your seat...

Then, check your seat…

Then, you're off! Bye-bye! :)

Then, you’re off! Bye-bye! 🙂

Also, she has been playing with the Okiedog Trolley everyday since I got it. It’s very durable! Also, the exteriors are made from a water repellent shell. It also has that inner pocket where you can place additional stuff.

If you want to know more about the Okiedog Philippines products, please visit their Facebook page: Okiedog Ph You can find Okiedog in the following stores:

Toys R Us Galleria
Toys R Us Rockwell
Toys R Us Greenbelt
Toys R Us Trinoma
Animaland BGC
WellWorth
Rustans Makati
Rustans Shangrila
Rustans Alabang Town Center
Fisher Mall
Landmark Makati

Do you have your own Okiedog product? I’d love to see it! Please use #OkiedogPhilippines so I could check it out!

 

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Kate Quinn Organics now in the Philippines from A.Ka

I have been so busy last week that I have forgotten to pick up my blood test results that would determine allergens causing all of these skin irritations that I get. I also often have rhinitis, which is really very uncomfortable. I hate the feeling of sniffling and trying to breathe during meetings. I also have urticaria, which are those red patches that you see on your skin. I have that after taking a shower, carrying a bag, after rubbing my skin, etc. Then after a few minutes, it disappears. With Zeeka, I am seeing that she may have taken after me in that department. Her skin is so sensitive, too! One time, when she was a baby, I placed this mosquito repellent (that you rub on the skin) and I saw some discoloration already on her skin. Pretty sensitive, huh?

With this, I really have to be careful on what I place on her skin or even on what she wears. I read somewhere that even the materials used to create fabrics nowadays contain toxins. If I have the choice, I would go for all organic clothing. Which reminds me of the dress and the towel that I got recently for Zeeka.

Kate Quinn Organics Philippines

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I got her this cute Kate Quinn Organics dress through the recently launched site called A.Ka, which sells luxury baby products. I also got her a wash cloth, which was also of the same brand.

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Why did I chose this brand? It’s one of the best organic baby clothes from US. What Kate Quinn Organics uses are certified organic cotton grown using sustainable farming practices which maintain and replenish soil fertility without the use of any toxic pesticides and fertilizers. I love this fact since Zeeka has very sensitive skin; so with this, I’m sure of the quality of this dress. You’ll also notice how soft the cloth is (It really feels nice!). It is made out of organically produced cotton certified by Control Union Certifications (formally SKAL), a USDA Accredited Certifying Agent.

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If you see the designs of Kate Quinn Organics in A.Ka’s site, you will love the different patterns. They all look so elegant and chic. What’s good too is that they colored the fabrics using low environmentally impact dyes. See, I love this brand! They really thought about everything!

Check out how Zeeka looked wearing her dress!

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So hurry and check out the stuff at A.Ka. Sign up at their online store and get a Php 200 voucher that you can use! Here’s the link to the shop (CLICK HERE). I’m so excited to see what you have purchased! Do share it with me! Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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Support Breastfeeding and Join Hakab Na 2014

I always support any activity that promotes breastfeeding. I am a breastfeeding advocate (although not that hard-core) because there are so many benefits of breastfeeding your child. I always encourage my expecting family and friends to try to breastfeed for as long as they can.

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I breastfed Zeeka for almost 13 months. I didn’t think I could last that long, but it just happened. There were times that I wanted to give up, but I would think of the benefits to Zeeka’s health and I would just continue to nurse her. It’s really hard to ‘decide’ to breastfeed everyday and that is why a support group is very important. I was part of the Facebook group called Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP) that really helped me continue on with my journey of breastfeeding.

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In celebration of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, the Facebook group Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP) will organize a half-day breastfeeding activity called Hakab Na 2014. The event seeks to promote the importance of providing proper support to all breastfeeding Filipino mothers and their families. Hakab Na 2014 will be held simultaneously in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo on August, 2, 2014 (Saturday) at 9:00 am.

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The venues for the event are as follows:
Manila: Philippine Army Officers Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Cebu: Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone in Cebu City (hosted by the Cebu Breastfeeding Club)
Davao: Stockbridge International School (formerly Tumble Tots) in Davao City (hosted by Breastfeeding Pinays – Davao)
Negros Occidental: Santuario de la Salle, University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City (hosted by the Bacolod Mom and Baby Club and the Institute for Negros Development)
Iloilo: Iloilo Provincial Capitol in Iloilo City (hosted by the Breastfeeding Ilonggas)
In Cagayan de Oro, Hakab na 2014 will be held at the Ororama Cogon on August 1 at 9pm, to be hosted by Mommy Bright Side.

Hakab Na 2014 will be held in coordination with the Big Latch On – an international activity where mothers will latch on their babies from different locations around the world at the same time. In 2013, a total of 14,536 mothers in 845 locations in 28 countries participated in the event.

This will be the second year that the now 25,000-strong BFP group will be staging Hakab Na. BFP expects to surpass last year’s record of more than 225 mothers who simultaneously latched their babies, including 100 mothers in Manila, 90 in Cagayan de Oro and 30 in Davao.

In the Manila event, BFP will be conducting a talk on Breastfeeding Babies Beyond 6 Months. A minimal registration fee of P150 will be collected for every mother and baby/child pair which includes a baby souvenir shirt, snacks and loot bag and P100 each for companions seven years old and above to cover snacks.

Interested parties may register at http://bit.ly/HakabNaMnl2014

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To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool?

Zeeka’s (my daughter) is already almost 1 year and a half. I already get questions on where will I send her for pre-school? Just yesterday, my mom was already urging me to check out schools, which I really plan to do anyway. In the Work-at-home community that I am a part of though, a lot of the moms their homeschool their children. Then there are progressive schools.

In the past years, Homeschooling has already become an option because in truth, you, as parents, we are the best teachers for our children. Also, the tuition fees of traditional school has gone up and is steadily increasing at around 8-10% per year.

From what I read, Homeschooling is really not for everyone. It takes a lot of dedication and heart! Homeschooling is a choice and you have to really commit to it once you decide to homeschool your child. I actually haven’t decided yet on whether to homeschool Zeeka or not. I want to explore and research about it more. That is why Manila Workshops and the Learning basket is holding the second Homeschooling Conference entitled Educating for Life on September 6, 2014. This is supported by the Homeschool Association of the Philippines. This conference is also co-presented by Unilab.

Homeschooling Conference Philippines

You can register by going to the Homeschooling Conference Website: http://homeschoolingconference.com/register-now/

In this day and age, a lot of choices are now available to us, parents, which is actually great! There are so many choices on how to educate our children and sometimes it can be overwhelming. What we can do is research and try to observe our children, too. As early as when I was still pregnant with Zeeka, I was already researching about homeschooling, progressive schools and traditional schools. I plan to continue learning more about these forms of education until it’s time for Zeeka to really go to school. How about you, mommy and daddy and guardians, have you thought about your child’s education? Have you checked out the different forms of education?

BTW, I was impressed with this young lad speak at Ted Talks.

Learn more about homeschooling and attend the Sept. 6 Homeschooling Conference!

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Basics of Investing

I had a chat with a friend the other day and I asked her what her investments were. She said that she didn’t invest because she was afraid to put her money in the stock market or the foreign exchange (forex) market. Investing seems to ‘technical’ for her. I told her that there are other ways she could invest her money. I also told her that stocks and forex are actually the more complicated ones, but then these are actually simple, too. My explanation, I think, made her even more confused. Haha!

I am not expert in explaining investments (case in point – my confused friend), but I know of a friend who explains investing really well. He is also having a workshop on Investing for Beginners this coming August 2, 2014 at Slate Creative Studio in Boni, Mandaluyong City (Right across Rizal Technological University). The workshop will be from 10AM to 3PM.

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This workshop has a lot of hands-on and interactive activities that will help you understand the different types of investments that are available in the market. It includes a discussion on time deposits, bonds, UITF’s, mutual funds, the stock market and even real estate.

After the workshop, you will go home with a personalized investment portfolio design, and a concrete, practical work plan on how to manage it to reach your financial goals.

Here are some questions that you’ll be able to answer after the workshop:
1. What’s the difference between an asset and an investment?
2. What are things I need to do before I can become an investor?
3. What is the biggest mistake that people commit when investing?
4. How do bonds, stocks, UITF, mutual funds and other financial instruments work?
5. How do you make money from paper assets?
6. How do I build, diversify and manage my own investment portfolio?
7. How can investments help me buy my dream house?
8. Where should I invest to secure the educational needs of my child?
9. How much money do I exactly need to retire?

The instructor is my good friend, Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP. He is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

So for those of you who want to sign up, please CLICK HERE and join this workshop.

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Support Group for Women Who Want to Start their Own Businesses

I came from a radio interview yesterday morning. My friend, April and I were interviewed for the Steps Project. It was for a show in DZRJ called Mind Your Own Business. The show is hosted by Atty. Nikki De Vega, a lawyer who gives tips and advice to people who want to start their own business. It’s really a cool show and you, guys, should listen to it!

My longest media interview so far!

My longest media interview so far!

Before the show, we were chatting and we learned that she (the host) already has a 1 year and 8 months daughter. She had a hard time breastfeeding for a long time since after three days, she needed to go back to work. She was telling us how hard it is to express milk in an environment that doesn’t give much leeway for women. She told us that in her firm, she’s the only woman lawyer and it’s so hard to excuse yourself to do “lady stuff”. Pregnant women or women with children will find it hard to thrive in a world like this.

Not all companies are understanding of what we women go through, especially when we get pregnant and have our children. Not all will understand that you have to excuse yourself from work at least three times a day just to express milk. Not everyone will understand why you have to suddenly leave work at the middle of the day to attend to your child who has suddenly gone ill from eating too much ice cream. Not everyone will understand how important PTA meetings are of how important recognition day is.

Those are the perks of being a mompreneur. You manage your own time and make room for things like these that really matter. Family then becomes your number 1 priority and your career becomes secondary. I’m not saying that the business is not important. What I’m saying is that as a mompreneur, you are your own boss and you call the shots. Yes, the business needs your attention so the skills now that you have to learn are time management and becoming driven.

Not a lot of women make this decision to jump the gun and start their own business. You have to have the right mindset and the “heart” for it. That is why the title of our first mastermind session (which is the second run for 2014, btw) is How to Have the Heart of a WAHM.

I’m sure those subscribing to Manila Workshops’ newsletter get to read about these Masterminds. Ladies, masterminds are not like our usual workshops where people come in and sit and listen. The masterminds is a support group for ladies who want to start their own business or for those who are still figuring out if they want to start their own business. These masterminds are conversations. There is a moderator, but all the attendees do the talking.

WAHM Masterminds

I have been to most of the runs of the previous run and I am really pushing for people to attend these sessions. We have had a lot of people realize what they want to do or what they are capable of doing. Most realize that they need to start creating their businesses already. The most important part of these sessions is that you get support and tips from ladies like you, business-minded and all. You can even network and sometimes even get business partnrs or suppliers from these group of people. Lovely, right?

It’s not too late to sign up! All you have to do is go to Mothercare Active Fun on Saturday at 10:45am and sign up. Fee to join the session is at Php 600. The first session is sponsored by Mothercare Philippines and Unilab. BTW, Mothercare Active Fun is along 9th Street in BGC, just across the Honda Car Dealer in the area.

If you want to pre-register, please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2014/07/wahm-mastermind-1.html

So, hope to see you there!

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Ogalala System in Play

When I was little, I got really good grades and excelled in class. My mom was very patient in tutoring me after class. Now that I’m a mom, I don’t know if I could be as diligent at being a mom as she was. It has been months that Ej has been asking me for a schedule for Zeeka so that yaya and everyone else in the household could follow that schedule, but until now, his “kakulitan” has got him no where. Yes, I am guilty!

I attended this brief meet up where the Ogalala System in Play was introduced. Ogalala is derived from from the native American Indian term for an underwater irrigation system. Water is a symbol of life and what the Ogalala system does is that it brings forth life for kids in the form of play, fashion and exploration. What the Ogalala system teaches us is that we should let our children be warm, light-hearted, curious and global.

Zeeka happily playing!

Zeeka happily playing!

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I super agree with that and that’s why I took it upon myself to listen to Ms. Maye Yao Co Say, the Chief Operating Officer of Internationale Globale Marques, Inc. (company behind the brands behind the Ogalala System). She’s a dotting mom and really took time out to follow a system with her children. When here kids were small, she even had an excel sheet on the schedule of her children.

Ms. Maye, COO of IGMI

Ms. Maye, COO of IGMI

We got a copy of the schedule that we could follow. I am now inspired to create my own schedule and do some modifications based on the toys and the materials that we have at home. I mentioned toys because TOYS are actually an integral part in teaching your child. Your infant, toddler, pre-schooler and so on and so forth, actually LEARN THROUGH PLAY. Playing addresses developing the four aspects in your child’s life: Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Language Development and Intellectual Development. The tools and toys that you use are important in following this Ogalala System in Play.

Therefore, to follow the Ogalala System in Play, these brands are recommended:

Crayola: Crayola stand by all who believe in the genius of imagination, the power of play and the magic of dreams!

Crayola!

Crayola!

It was only in this meet-up that I got to learn about triangular crayons! As compared to the round ones, the triangle ones automatically fixes the child’s grip. Cool, right?

Melissa & Doug: A US Brand with a 26-year heritage know for the tremendous value, quality and design of its wooden educational toys and innovative arts and crafts materials.

Let's build a Tower!

Let’s build a Tower!

These blocks are now my favorite. Zeeka now knows how to stack them up (although she bangs it after the last small block settles on the top). I will use the blocks next to teach her the names of the different animals on the sides of the blocks.

Baby Einstein: A US brand that brings the world to infants and toddlers one discovery at a time!

Do you know how to use flash cards?

Do you know how to use flash cards?

I love Baby Einstein! Oh, do you know that there is a ‘right’ way of using flash cards? What you do is get three cards on the first day and just read the words. Get another three cards to make it six on the second day and just go through the words again. Do this until you have 20 cards. 20 is the maximum number of cards that you should have in your hand, so if you want to introduce new words, just drop three cards and add three new cards. Repeat this process and if you see that your toddler gets the words already, add a little description. What’s great about these flash cards from Baby Einstein is that everything is written on the back. A script is ready for you to use!

The other brands are Haba, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet, Artec, Emco and Oops.

 

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Learning about how to teach Zeeka was inspiring for me. Although I play with Zeeka every day, I am now intentionally teaching her while we play.

To learn more about the Ogalala System in play, please visit www.oga-lala.com or visit their facebook page, Ogalalaworld.

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Pregnancy Tips from Mommy Ginger at the First Time Parents Workshop on Saturday

For those who know me, I’m really madaldal (talkative) ha especially when we become close. I also love it when we talk about children, business or money and earning money (lol!). As you all know, I hardly agree to speak in our own workshops. I would rather stay in the background and oversee these events and let my workshop directors take the lead and the guest speakers to take the center stage.

But believe it or not, I agreed to be a speaker for this Saturday’s Preparing for Baby’s Birthday for the First Time Parents Workshop which is brought to you by Manila Workshops and Best For Families Inc. I agreed because I wanted to share my own experiences and tips on preparing for your child’s birth day and preparing for your own pregnancy. labor and delivery.

 

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I think it’s different when you hear it from a real mom. A lot of workshops have doctors as guest speakers (which we will have, too, on Saturday), but seldom have moms like them who can talk to them on a personal level. I will also discuss mostly how we prepared financially for this part of our lives, so daddies, this might be interesting for you, too!

To those who are interested in signing up, feel free to sign up using this form:

What are your questions about pregnancy? What would you want to ask a fellow mom like you about pregnancy and labor and preparing financially? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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